Rockin' Pant Review (Fall Line)
I got my first pair of Rockin’ Pants 3+ years ago. They quickly became my go-to climbing pants, and I wore them on Yosemite National Park’s big walls, England’s gritstone crags, and Colorado’s granite cracks. I chose them whenever cool temps and rough rock warranted burly, stretchy pants.
For alpine rock climbing, the deep zip pocket is essential for carrying a big handful of GORP, lip balm, and even a small headlamp on a long day in the mountains. It was actually because of the Rockin’ that I started ditching my backpack while climbing all-day routes; with the Rockin’ I could carry plenty of snacks. Of course, that meant pockets that bulged like a giant chipmunk’s nut-filled mouth, but I didn’t care; the pocket lies just below the harness’ leg loops, and so that bulge didn’t get in my way while I moved over stone.
I like the pant as well because it has an attractive scoop waist and flared cuffs, which give my straight, no hips body the appearance of having curves. Best of all, to this day my original pair remains hole-free, and they still fit just right around my waist. The only reason I eventually retired them was because I finally got 3 pairs of the newest version, which is even better. Women with real hips (my partner, in fact) complained that the waist band stretched out with the old version of the pant. However, the new, more durable double top-stitching on the waist helps prevent that in the latest version. The moisture-wicking material is better as well; it dries quickly and doesn’t feel uncomfortable or sag when wet. And the material looks and feels more sleek, and it doesn’t pill at all (or stick to the rock). I can wear them not only to yoga class and for climbing, but also to business meetings if I pair it with the Sojourn Jacket. The only thing I don’t like about this pant is that the pocket doesn’t comfortably hold my cellphone (it’s heavy and slides around too much). On the other hand, I don’t actually want my performance pants to have cell phone pockets!
By Lizzy Scully, Stonewear Designs Editor